The U.S. Forest Service and Fire

Cramer, David (2013) The U.S. Forest Service and Fire. Undergraduate thesis, Fort Lewis College .

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    The U.S. Forest Service and Fire Introduction My name is David and I would like to welcome you to my Portfolio for the Sociology Block Program. For my block internship I spent the summer and fall as an intern with the U.S. Forest Service in Durango, Colorado. During my time with the Forest Service I would alternate between working the front desk at the Public Lands Center in Durango and going out into the field with different departments within the Forest Service. While working at the front desk I would answer phone calls and walk-ins with a number of different questions from active fires in the area to advice on good hiking trails. I would also sell items that the front desk sells like maps of the different areas and books on hikes and how to camp in the area. When I was out in the field I worked with the road crew and work on forest roads by closing them or smoothing them out, and I worked with the recreational crew and helped pick up trash that was left by inconsiderate campers. Working with the Forest Service was a great experience and I would suggest having an internship if interested in joining the Forest Service. The research of my portfolio is focused on the area of fighting wildfires in concern with the U.S. Forest Service from the past actions that has caused problems to the forests to strategies that have been attempted to fix these problems. In my portfolio I also map three fires that have occurred during the summer of 2012 in Colorado to look at a correlation between firefighting priorities dependent on the average cost of housing in the areas of those fires. My ethnography on issues that I have witnessed during my internship is also included within this portfolio. I end my portfolio with a reflection on my internship and my papers as well as a personal appendix of pictures from my internship. The focus of this portfolio is on wildfires as a social problem within the community and the nation through the lens of the U.S. Forest Service.

    Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
    Created by Student or Faculty: Student
    Additional Information: This resource is particularly valuable for students working with U.S. Forest Service or interested in fire, fire management or interest in public and public pressure on public policy. In Fall 2012 this Community Based Learning and Research course had its first time placement with the San Juan Public Lands Center. The SJPL Center is very interested in having more active students.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: National Forest; fire; public; U.S. Forest History;public lands;mega-fires;fire management
    Subjects: School of Arts and Sciences > Biology
    Community Based Learning and Research
    School of Arts and Sciences > Environmental Studies
    School of Business Administration
    School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
    Interdisciplinary > Student Constructed Major
    Depositing User: Jennifer Stark
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2013 11:41
    Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 15:11

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